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Mido: I played AFCON 2006 with painkillers
Ahmed El-Shennawy injured his knee in Zamalek’s win against Haras El-Hodood earlier this month. The young Egyptian goalkeeper criticized Shawky Gharib, the national team’s manager, as well as his medical staff for fielding him injured – with the help of painkillers – before he was replaced after just seven minutes in the 0-1 defeat to Senegal in the AFCON qualifiers.
Mido, who commented on the situation on television, insisted that the true problem lies in the fact that Shawky Gharib did not seem to know that El- Shennawy was on painkillers.
Mido commented: “I participated in all the 2006 African Cup of Nations games with the help of painkillers.”
“The usage of painkilling injections is very common in football,” he added.
The former Ajax player added: “During my time as Zamalek’s manager, Youssef Ibrahim ‘Obama’ and Omar Gaber had to participate in games with the help of painkillers.”
“Once, a member of Zamalek’s medical team was fired for giving medical pills to players 48 hours late,” he concluded.
It’s well worth mentioning that El-Shennawy is part of Zamalek’s trio who will miss Egypt’s final AFCON qualifier in Tunisia due to injury.